Old Boys go from strength to strength

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Sudbury 1-2 Old Southendian

OLD SOUTHENDIAN Men’s first XI started the new year as they had finished the old, adding another vital victory in their quest for Premier ‘A’ hockey next season.

This time, Sudbury was on the receiving end, this despite the Suffolk outfit starting the match brightly, forcing Old Boys goalkeeper, John Hawke, into several important saves.

And that proved crucial. Having weathered the storm, the Seasiders made a spectacular breakthrough when Ben Cotton produced an incredible lobbed effort. The Old Boys doubled their advantage when Giles Davies scored following a well-drilled short corner routine.

Sudbury reduced the arrears late in the match, but their rally came far too late. Speaking to Yellow Sport after the game, Old Boys skipper, Alfie Hibbard, enthused: “We are in serious pursuit of the top two in our league now, and want to extend our winning run to six games next Saturday.”

There were goals galore in the game involving the Old Boys second string and Brentwood. James Beardwell bagged a hat-trick, while Will Malcolm and Josh Copeland also found the net. However, the sides had to settle for a share of the spoils following an incredible 5-5 draw.

Old Southendian’s battling third team went down to a talented Wapping side – Captain, Noel Smith, explaining: “We’ve had a few tricky games, but hopefully we can put things right this weekend away at Chelmsford.”

Meanwhile, the fourth XI edged out Brentwood by the odd goal in three. In a lively encounter, Steve Holmes – who managed to extract the ball from under his feet – scored with a firm strike. Brentwood restored parity before Andy Clark secured the victory following a well-drilled short corner.

There was another impressive display from the youthful men’s fifth team, who hammered Thurrock’s second Xi by four goals to one. Roy Murnane, Paul Ashworth, Joe Hankey and Hayden Stanford were all on target. Skipper, Ashworth, said: “It was a great game, played in fantastic spirit.”

The match between the Old Southendian 6th Xi and Rochford was called off due to the latter struggling to field a team – the Old Boys handed the points as a result.

Old Southendian Hockey Club welcomes new members looking to return to hockey or take up the game for the first time. We run six men’s teams, three ladies teams as well as youth teams and an active mini hockey section. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email: [email protected]

Brian Jeeves

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